WMDs Found In Iraq!
- 7 June 2006 by Author 0 Comments
WMDs Found In Iraq!
By Richard Larsen
Published 07/07/06 – Idaho State Journal
For the past three years the most vociferous complaints against the Bush Administration have been regarding the purported Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq. The favorite line for many has been “Bush lied!” Based on events of the past week, there should be massive recants. There should be headlines everywhere of “WMDs found in Iraq.” But to the discredit of the national media and the anti-Bush critics, there are none. To quote Jack Nickolson from the movie A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!” In this case, “you” comprises the mainstream media, all the Bush haters and naysayers who can do nothing but calumniate against the President.
Last week, Senator Rick Santorum, (R-PA) disclosed portions of a declassified report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit. The report stated, in part, “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions, which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”
This report was made public after Santorum had exerted pressure on the Pentagon to release the document that had been rumored to exist for some time. Joining Santorum in the revelation was Representative Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Hoekstra added, “This says weapons have been discovered, more weapons exist, and they state that Iraq was not a WMD-free zone, that there are continuing threats from the materials that are or may still be in Iraq.”
This disclosure coincided with the Pentagon divulgence of the existence of over 60,000 documents from Sadam Hussein’s 24 year iron-handed reign of terror in Iraq. Some of these documents are transcripts of recordings made between Hussein and a number of his cadre of top henchmen, and only a fraction have been translated.
The revelations of these documents are startling. Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney has reviewed some of the documents. According to McInerney, “This release continues to confirm that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were in contact with Iraq intelligence for sanctuary, training, and plans for acts of terrorism against the US and in the US.” He continues, “[Saddam] discussed hiding WMDs from the UN inspectors and knowing where the inspectors were going to go in advance. He discussed their efforts to develop Plasma Enrichment for nuclear weapons totally unknown to the UN inspectors. But the most telling thing to me was the conversation between Tariq Aziz, his foreign minister, and Saddam in which they discussed having proxies implant nuclear and biological weapons in US cities. They concluded that Iraq would be blamed for an explosion but not biological as they could use deception and blame the US facility (Fort Dietrick) which makes me conclude that Iraq was responsible for the anthrax attack in US less then 30 days after 9/11.”
The 500 weapons munitions of WMDs already discovered are from pre-Gulf War (1991) stockpiles, some of those claimed by Saddam to have been destroyed. They do not include the massive quantities of WMDs produced post-Gulf War which have not yet been accounted for. According to chemical weapons experts in the Pentagon, the munitions are still extremely dangerous. Over time, mustard gas and sarin nerve gas lose some of their toxicity, but they become increasingly unstable, underscoring the risks they pose.
Such WMDs essentially retain a production signature which allows their site of origination to be traced, and in this case, to production facilities in Russia, France, and China. This fact has prevented the Bush Administration from “tooting its’ own horn” on the WMD discovery since all three nations are members of the United Nations Security Council and are supposedly our allies.
So what has happened to all the WMDs Saddam produced during the 1990s? According to Saddams’ documents and McInerney’s testimony, they were moved “…to three locations in Syria and one in Lebanon (Beka Valley) in the September to December, 2002 time frame. Saddam’s stockpiles of WMDs were moved by a Russian Spetznatz team headed by Yevgeny Primakov, the former Russian Intelligence Chief, who came to Iraq in December, 2002 to supervise the final cleanup.”
The critics of the President will continue to downplay and outright ignore the realities of the WMD discoveries. They will continue to claim that they’re non-existent and that the President’s claims, based on pre-2003 intelligence that even President Clinton acknowledged as veracious, were faulty and that he “lied” in order to pursue a conflict with Hussein. However, by doing so, they simply exacerbate the declining confidence of an informed populace in the drive-by media and prove their lack of objectivity in reporting.
The day this story broke, the lead stories from CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC were: “4 U.S. soldiers die in Afghan battle;” “Debate over Iraq heats up in Senate;” “Marines, corpsman face murder charges;” Arizona wildfires dangerously close to homes, park;” and “Times have changed in Germany.” And, as if the New York Times hasn’t already done enough to commit credibility suicide, their lead story was “G.O.P. Decides to Embrace War as Issue.” Not that day, nor any subsequent days, did the Times address the WMD discovery story.
General Douglas MacArthur stated nearly 50 years ago, “One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.” We can only imagine how disgusted with our current national media milieu General MacArthur would be today!
Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.